Under the Tuscan sun with author Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan sun with author Frances Mayes

In 1990, American professor and poet Frances Mayes felt an irresistible urge to buy a derelict 300-year-old property. She transformed it into one of the most famous villas in Tuscany, attracting a constant stream of tourists, thanks to her bestselling memoir about restoring the house, called “Under the Tuscan Sun.” The book spent more than two-and-a-half years on the bestseller list, and later became a popular film. Mayes talks with correspondent Rita Braver about her unexpected success, her adopted village of Cortona, and her latest book, “See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy.” (Originally broadcast May 19, 2019.)

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  1. Interesting to me is that yesterday I envisioned having an old house similar to this one. It was a bit austere, but had the same warm feeling of being at home within. I was surprised that I was content living in such and old structure, modestly updated to modern standards. Makes me wonder if living in Italy will become a reality for me. Wild to think about!

  2. Loved the book, couldn't get through the movie. I would have preferred to see the husband in the movie. I find it more romantic of a couple refurbishing a run down property together and staying together through it all. This is what happens AFTER the end of romance novels and the couple rides off into the sunset.

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